Local News

  • UW to hold Second Chance Prom fundraiser

     INDIAN LAND – As part of the 2009-10 campaign kickoff, the United Way of Lancaster County will hold a Second Chance Prom fundraiser starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Carolina Lakes Golf Club in Indian Land.

    The prom will feature a dance-off contest, with a $300 grand prize.

    A prom king and queen will crowned, while light refreshments will be served and prom portraits taken. There will be a cash bar, a live disc jockey, and, of course, dancing.  

    The cost is $30 per person. Seating is limited.

  • Road work continues downtown

    Road improvements continue to be made throughout the city of Lancaster – the most recent on Market and Barr streets.

    S.C. Department of Transportation selected those streets as part of its yearly pool of roads it would resurface, said Jerry Crockett, the city’s public works director.

    The project extends from the 900th block of Market Street to Barr Street, ending at Main Street.

    Portions of Springdale Road are also being resurfaced.

  • State of the Community breakfast slated for Aug. 25

    Wachovia Bank will present the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lancaster State of the Community event at 8 a.m. Aug. 25 in the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.  

    The breakfast event will provide a venue for elected officials from the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County and the Lancaster County School District to give the community an update on current activities and challenges their branch of government is facing.

    Officials will highlight the previous year’s work and outline plans for the upcoming year.

  • What's up with stalled Edenmoor development?

    INDIAN LAND – The meeting room at the Del Webb Library in Indian Land was packed Monday night with residents anxious to hear about the progress of the beleaguered Edenmoor development.

    The status of the stalled housing property, off U.S. 521 near Jim Wilson Road, was a topic on the agenda of the Indian Land Action Council meeting.

  • Boy, 14, shot in arm in drive-by shooting

    A 14-year-old was shot during what he told police was a drive-by shooting near the park at Pardue Street Apartments early Saturday morning.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police were called to the apartment complex about 1 a.m. because of shots being fired.

    When police arrived, officers saw a woman walking toward them with her son. The boy had been shot in the upper right arm, with an entrance and exit wound, the report said.

    The 14-year-old said he was at the park with his brother when he saw a white SUV driving down Pardue Circle.

  • 35 USCL students get an Early Start

    The sight and smell of seasoned shrimp and grits in mid-August usually means one thing – a graduation ceremony at Thelathia Bailey’s home.

    Bailey is director of the TriO programs at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, which targets first-generation college students.

    One of the TriO programs, Early Start, allows select students to receive three weeks of mentoring over the summer to help them make a smoother transition to college.

    The participating students in the 2009 class had their graduation Friday.

  • Foundation awards $1.1 million in grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation recently awarded $1.1 million in grants to seven organizations in Lancaster, Chester and York counties.

    The grants will provide medical care and assistance with basic needs for low-income citizens.

    “Currently, a number of citizens find it difficult to obtain good medical care or to meet their basic needs for a variety of reasons,” said Jim Morton, foundation president. “We’re pleased to make awards to help meet these needs as well as others in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn.”   

  • Schools brace for swine flu

    Health and school personnel are preparing for a major possible spike in the H1NI (swine) flu virus as the start of school draws near.  

    Officials with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control met with school nurses last week to discuss preventative measures and the future availability of immunization packages.

  • Heath Springs may increase its utility rates

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council may opt to raise its water and sewer rates at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    The town has not raised its water and sewer rates since January 2006, when the base rate went from $13 to $15.

    Heath Springs charges $15 for in-town residents for the first 3,000 gallons, while the city of Lancaster charges $19.57. Lancaster County charges $31.28 for the first 3,000 gallons. The town charges $15 for the first 3,000 gallons of sewer treatment.

  • City may update parking ordinance

    Residents of the city of Lancaster may soon face new guidelines on how they can park their utility trailers, boats, motor homes and campers at their homes.

    City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to amend an ordinance that outlined the storage of such vehicles on residential property. One more reading by council is required for the amended ordinance to take effect.

    Under the revised ordinance, residents would not be allowed to park their utility and recreational equipment in the front or side yard of any single- or two-family dwelling for more than three days.